The Brazil Roundtable will feature the following presentations:
Sílvia Maria Fernandes Alves da Silva Costa, “The Challenges and Potentialities of Research Testimony in Collaboration”
To speak or write about our doctoral research named “The Testimony of the Slave Poet Juan Francisco Manzano: Voices of Memory and Silence”, from Autobiography of a Slave (1835-1839; 1840; 1937), by the Cuban Juan Francisco Manzano (1797-1853), is to refer to a collaborative work, since we do not write alone in the academy . We are guided, whether by ideas, information, experiences, or ever by our professor’s or research advisor’s suggestions. In a way, all of these issues encouraged Manzano, even outside the academy, to write his testimony, at a time when black men writing was denied in the Americas. He benefited from collaboration with intellectuals of that time, who provided material resources in order for him to write the history of his life, and to the writing of himself, just as that of Domingos Del Monte (1804-1853), who gave him a notebook and a pencil for this writing, encouraging the poet to write a narrative, despite the linguistic limitations that the Spanish colonial regime dictated in Cuba. In addition, it is well known that collaboration helps us to stay on track, so we can produce a work that carries a name, but also stands as a symbol of collaboration, interaction, of cooperation with our peers.
Craig Howes, “Co-labor-action / Collaboration”
In English, collaboration has two very different connotations. One is almost entirely positive—working together to accomplish what one could not do alone. The other is almost entirely negative. Collaborators are those who becomes allies or agents for those who wish to harm a community the most.
In my remarks, I will draw on Alicia Partnoy’s concept of “co-labor-action” to wrench the concept away from such heavily freighted values, and to consider how shared work can most effectively navigate the need for joint effort, but also the need for recognizing and valuing the specific contributions that individuals must make.
I will also briefly address co-labor-action from the perspective of allyship. Regardless of our own positioning, how do we deal with power differentials embedded within the participants working together, and sometimes materially defining their relationships before the co-labor-action even begins? And under what conditions should certain co-labor-actions simply not be initiated?
Weverton Andrade Silva, “Queer Construction of the Body of ‘Luís Antônio Gabriela’”
The present paper will report on the queer construction of a body in the theatrical production “Luís Antônio Gabriela”, analyzing the body images constructed through the performing arts. The construction of this character begins with perspectives of the auto/biographical space as theorized by Leonor Arfuch, contained in the relationship between Nelson Baskerville and his sister Gabriela, a trans woman who lived during the Brazilian military dictatorship after 1964. The show is both biographical and documentary, and does not have a linear story, and this can be seen through the performance of the actors and actresses on stage. The play shows the body of a trans person that changes with the transformations of time and industrial silicone, in addition to other intervention procedures. The body of the character lives a performance of gender that goes against the identity of trans, and at the same time that meets this identity.